• Melissa Layton is a custom maternity, newborn, baby, children and family photographer located in Harleysville, Pennsylvania and serves both Bucks and Montgomery Counties, the surrounding areas including Lansdale, Skippack, Pottstown, Hatfield and beyond. Her residential studio is located just one mile off the Lansdale exit on the Pennsylvania turnpike.

Alana & Isabella, 8 Months Old | Newtown Square PA Child Photographer

What can I say about these two cuties? Twins are always exciting.:)Alana and Isabella are just full of energy and are always on the go—one is rolling, the other crawling away. We definitely got a workout with this session!

We had a bit of a rough start. The girls weren’t all that sure that they were in the mood to smile. Grandma came to the session this time (Mom says she’s been such a huge help watching these girls every day while she’s at work), and she was a big help getting the girls to work with us! I’m sure we all looked like a bunch of crazy loons—dancing around, peek-a-booing, singing . . . we were a sight to see. Eventually, the girls warmed up to the idea, and we got some great smiles!

I seriously love the image of the girls in the bucket with the animal hats. Mom requested that we try the bucket for this session, and I had a feeling the girls might not fit in the normal, smaller pail, given their age. So literally at 7am, I was painting a shallow bucket pink—just in case! And I’m so glad I did! These little chunkers were in no way going into that pail, haha. It ended up being perfect, and they were absolutely adorable!

I can’t believe how fast these girls have grown—and neither can Mom!

“They usually meet milestones within a week of each other. Crawling, sitting, two teeth each, laughing, smiling, baby talking, etc. It’s so amazing to watch them grow. We are truly enjoying every stage. Makes me sad to think how fast time is passing by.”

Silva & Josh, thanks so much for bringing your little girls my way! They really have grown to be so adorable and fun, and I can’t wait to have them back for their 1 year session! I’m sure it’ll be a blast—I’ll have to get extra sleep beforehand to make sure I’m well rested. LOL.

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Thank you so much to Alana & Isabella’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Newtown Square PA Child Photographerr, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as next year! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

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Grace, 1 year old | Allentown PA Child Photographer

Look who’s one! It seems like just yesterday that Grace was here for her newborn portraits . . . even longer since her brother was just a little bean getting his newborn portraits!

These kiddos sure grow up fast, but it’s such a joy to see them develop little personalities, and Grace is no exception. She has a smile that lights up the room—that is, when she’s willing to smile, LOL.

I always tell parents that we start simple in our sessions and then work up the excitement as the session goes on. No sense going right to the big guns right out of the gate, right? Well, part of the way into our first set-up, Grace was still stone-faced. We were singing, laughing—heck, we even got big brother Sammy to play peek-a-boo—but we got nothing! And then Mom pulled out the secret weapon:

“I came prepared with all of her favorite toys, and I knew we would have some help from Sammy; her big brother is one of her most favorite people. Plus, in my back pocket I had her favorite songs on standby, Grace has loved all things music since she was a little tiny baby. Her most favorite song happens to be Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off.” Well, we didn’t make it past the first set up before we busted out the tunes, but it worked like a charm and she was all smiles and dancing. We even got a hilarious video of her dancing at the end of the session, and it will be a video I will cherish for a long time.”

It was so funny once Mom broke out the song—Grace literally lit up and it was like she just couldn’t help herself—shake, shake, shake, and huge smiles! It worked every time. Mom told me that she hadn’t actually gotten to record Grace’s dance yet, because the song is always on her phone. Well, it was too cute to go unrecorded, so once we finished the session, I whipped out my phone and let them go to it! The whole thing was so cute that I couldn’t help but grab my camera again and snap a few shots. The images of her on the rug with the blue background are all the dancing ones.

Corissa & Josh, thank you so much for bringing Grace back to me! This was sooo much fun, and I will always smile thinking about the “Shake It Off” dance.

Check out the video—I dare you not to smile.

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Thank you so much to Grace’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Pottstown PA Child Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as next year! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

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Avery, 1 year old | Pottstown PA Child Photographer

It’s a good thing Avery is such a cutie, because she was quite the stinker this time! Mom and I laughed about it—two shots into our session, Avery very clearly announced, “All done,” and scooted out off the set. And she totally wasn’t kidding—she was seriously not letting us get her back into any pictures. Mom was visibly devastated. Everything had already been set up—outfits pulled, hairpieces coordinated, but it was a no go!

Well, we brought Avery back, and the second time around, she was her normal, adorable, sweet self—and we got some great pictures! She makes us work for it, but when she gives up those precious smiles, it’s totally worth the wait! Mom had some adorable outfits, too, including a super cute dress which paired wonderfully with my distressed shutters—so fun and colorful!

I liked this birthday background. It’s a nice twist from the solid paper I often use. I also really love the images of Avery with her cake. She was all about that cake—absolutely loved it—and had no trouble digging in.

Mom actually had a really cute story about getting Avery and cake:

“Michael and I had decided not to have a cake for Avery on her actual birthday because we were having a party for her the following weekend with cake. Well, the morning of Avery’s first birthday, big brother Gavin says, “It’s her birthday; we HAVE to have cake.” I asked Michael to stop on his way home from work to pick up a treat. He walked in the door with a chocolate cake with bright purple and black frosting. Avery truly enjoyed this cake, even going so far as to lick that colorful frosting from each finger. Needless to say, a bath was required to fully remove the frosting from every aspect of her face, hair, fingers, etc. Imagine our surprise when water drained from her bath, leaving behind a purple ring of frosting in our tub. That was some cake!”

Michael & Jessica, thanks for bringing Avery to see me (twice) for this special birthday! She really is such a cutie, and Gavin has grown so much! I’m so excited to see your family grow together, and I hope to see you all again soon.

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Thank you so much to Avery’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Pottstown PA Child Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as next year! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep up with the latest studio news, see new set-ups and current availability.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and hit the Facebook like button, there is a quick link right at the bottom left of the website, and keep up with all the new things happening here at Melissa Layton Photography!

Baby Tommy, 7 days young | Southampton PA Newborn Photographer

Introducing sweet little Thomas William, AKA Tommy. This adorable little man came to me just 7 days after he was born at Abington Hospital, and we had a blast during our session. Look at his little cheeks and lips—so cute!:)

We actually did the session on the day Tommy was supposed to be born. I guess Tommy couldn’t wait to come show off how cute he was! Mom told me about the surprise:

“Tommy was scheduled to be delivered c section on October 14th, but he had other ideas. He came on October 7th and surprised us all.”

It was nice to get a break from all the pink I’ve been doing lately! Mom and Dad chose blue, tan, and navy tones for Tommy’s session, and I have to agree with them—it was the perfect choice! They really wanted to use my little boat, too, and Tommy was more than agreeable to do it! The colors pulled together beautifully, and Tommy was just a joy to photograph.

Big sister Jill actually couldn’t be there for the first session, so we brought her back just so she could be a part of this special time. I’m so glad we did! She just couldn’t get enough of her little brother!

Lisa & David, thank you for allowing me to be a part of this special time in your lives and for bringing your little ones to come meet me. You have a beautiful and loving family, and I hope to see you all again soon!

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Thank you so much to Tommy’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Southampton PA Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as next year! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep up with the latest studio news, see new set-ups and current availability.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and hit the Facebook like button, there is a quick link right at the bottom left of the website, and keep up with all the new things happening here at Melissa Layton Photography!

Baby Georgia, 8 days young | Bedminster PA Newborn Photographer

Introducing little Georgia Ann! She came to me just 8 days after she was born at Doylestown Hospital, and she is just the cutest! I have to say, too, that I love her name.:)

Mom wanted to do pinks for this session. (I feel like I’ve been seeing a lot of pink lately. Not that exciting for the blog, but that moms have all been happy with their color choices, so oh well! I promise I do have more colors available LOL!) We tried to change up the pinks a little with this session with my more vintage looking pink-mauve blanket. I get so many requests for the cream version that I forget how much I love this one. And Georgia absolutely rocked it for me and looked just amazing in it!

This little bundle gave us a pretty smooth session, too. My favorite image is the one of her in the little striped elf hat. I got all set up for this shot, and then she cracked the biggest smile! I was scrambling to get the camera up—but I got it! I also love the parent shots, because, well, I’m always a sucker for cuddly parent shots.

Jordan & Josh, thank you for bringing your beautiful baby girl to me. You are such a joy to work with, and I hope to see your little family again soon!

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Thank you so much to Georgia’s Mom & Dad for choosing me to be their photographer and as always thank you for stopping by to take a look at this beautiful session. If you are looking for a Bedminster PA Newborn Photographer, be sure to check me out! If you are planning to book a session, please be sure to pre-book . . . especially those newborns! It is SO important, I have already starting booking as far out as next year! It breaks my heart to have to tell someone that I don’t have a session available for them. You can easily contact me by using the contact tab at the top of this page or phone me at 215-896-9661.

Become a fan on Facebook and keep up with the latest studio news, see new set-ups and current availability.

Don’t forget to leave a comment and hit the Facebook like button, there is a quick link right at the bottom left of the website, and keep up with all the new things happening here at Melissa Layton Photography!